Continuum of Care Board Nomination & Election

The Office of Care Coordination on behalf of the Orange County Continuum of Care (CoC) is facilitating the CoC Board Seat Nomination and Selection process.

The Orange County CoC Board is charged with responsibilities and authorities on behalf of the General Members of the Orange County CoC. The Orange County CoC is comprised of a governing board that represents the stakeholder groups as detailed in the HEARTH Act.

Through the CoC Board Seat Nomination and Selection process, the Orange County CoC is looking to identify nine (9) candidates to fill the following CoC Board seats:

  • One (1) seat for McKinney-Vento Representative
  • One (1) seat for Veteran Representative
  • One (1) seat for Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Entitlement Jurisdiction or Funded Agency/Recipient Agency (1)
  • Six (6) seats for At-Large (6) representation
    • One (1) seat for affordable housing development background and expertise
    • Three (3) seats for expertise on homeless services and/or subpopulation focus
      • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
      • Diversion
      • Families
      • LGBTQ
      • People with disabilities
      • Prevention
      • Rapid Rehousing
      • Transitional Aged Youth
    • Two (2) seats do not have a prescribed priority area of expertise/experience.

CoC Board Voting Process and Timeline

October 27, 2021 CoC Board to approve recommended changes to CoC Board Nomination and Election process
November 8 - 19, 2021 Nominating period
November 12, 2021 CoC Board Voting Process Overview Presentation
November 19, 2021 Nominee candidate applications are due by 12:00 pm
November 20 - 24, 2021                    Review of candidate applications
November 29, 2021 CoC General Membership voting period begins
November 30, 2021 Meet and Greet meeting with CoC Board candidates
December 8, 2021 CoC General Membership voting period ends
December 15, 2021 Nominees with the most votes will be presented to the CoC Board for ratification


CoC Board Nomination Process
The Office of Care Coordination is now accepting nominations for the CoC Board. The CoC Board nominating period will be held from Monday, November 8, 2021, through Friday, November 19, 2021. 

To self-nominate or nominate a candidate, please email the Office of Care Coordination at In your email, provide the following information for the candidate you are nominating:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone Number
  • Have you alerted this person you are nominating them?

The Office of Care Coordination will collect and confirm nominations. Once confirmed, candidates will be asked to complete a Candidate Interest Form to provide more information regarding the qualifications and experience the candidate brings to the position. Completed Candidate Interest Forms are due to the Office of Care Coordination by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, November 19, 2021.

For more information on the CoC Board nomination and voting process, please join the CoC Board Voting Process Overview webinar on Friday, November 12, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. See meeting details below:

CoC Board Voting Process Overview Webinar

Join by meeting link:

Meeting number: 2467 275 6123

Meeting password: coc2021

Join by phone: +1-213-306-3065 United States Toll (Los Angeles)

Access code: 246 727 56123

CoC Board Candidates*

Please click on each candidate's name to review their CoC Board Candidate Interest Forms. For At-Large Representative candidates, the CoC General Membership is encouraged to view the area of expertise for each candidate.

McKinney-Vento Representative  

Candidate 1 Elida Sanchez

Veteran Representative  

Candidate 1 Curtis Gamble
Candidate 2 Eric Richardson

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Entitlement Jurisdiction or Funded Agency/ Recipient Agency Representative 

Candidate 1 Albert Ramirez

At-Large Representative: Affordable Housing Development Background and Expertise

Candidate 1 George Searcy                
Candidate 2 Tim Koehler

At-Large Representative: Expertise on Homeless Services and/or Subpopulation Focus 

Candidate 1 Area of expertise: People with Disabilities Dawn Price
Candidate 2 Area of expertise: Rapid Rehousing (RRH) Karl Calhoun
Candidate 3 Area of expertise: Diversion Madelynn Hirneise
Candidate 4 Area of expertise: People with Disabilities Maggie Downs
Candidate 5 Area of expertise: Families Nikki Buckstead
Candidate 6 Area of expertise: Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) Dr. Shauntina Sorrells

At-Large Representative: No Prescribed Priority Area of Expertise/Experience 

Candidate 1 Becks Heyhoe
Candidate 2 Claudia Magee
Candidate 3 Jordan Hoiberg
Candidate 4 Leigh (Lee) White
Candidate 5 Tescia Uribe
Candidate 6 Tim Shaw

*last updated 11-30-2021

Vote Online

The Orange County CoC Governance Charter identifies that each CoC General Member (one representative from each agency or individual) will be allowed one-vote for each of the CoC Board seats to be filled during this election. Please review the CoC General Membership Roster to confirm the authorized representative that will be voting on behalf of your agency. If your authorized representative is unavailable to vote, one alternate member listed in the roster may vote on their behalf.

To vote, click on this survey link and submit your voting survey online. Please submit your vote as soon as possible. Please note the last day to vote is Wednesday, December 8, 2021.

CoC Board Nomination and Election Resources